It’s the most common question I get from people who know I’m ‘the dentist’. They’re wondering why a person with any sense at all would build a dental office in a cornfield. But to really know why Carver, you’ve got to understand where I came from.
It was early 2015 and I was lost. My current job wasn’t working out as planned and I didn’t know what to do. Every day I would have a new idea, and none of them were good; just ask my wife Kelsey.
We drove around the entire state that spring; trying to find somewhere we could call our own. Then one day I drove through Carver, and it was perfect. The next day I brought Kelsey and we knew it was a place we could call home.
We went all in. We bought an old house in the downtown historic district, found out we were expecting a baby, and threw ourselves into the community. Kelsey got a teaching job in District 112 and I started going to Carver Lions meetings. I didn’t really know anyone, but I kept going, and every time I went I met another great member of our community. We were SO excited to call Carver home.
Things weren’t going so well with my project, though. The site had turned out to be really complicated, and my contractor just couldn’t seem to get on the same page with the city. But thankfully all those relationships we had made started paying off. The city knew how badly I wanted to be here, and I’m grateful they didn’t give up on me because that would have been the easy thing to do.
Fast forward to today. We’re about to open the first dental office Carver’s ever had; and it’s beautiful. New businesses are popping up around us and we couldn’t be more excited to have them as neighbors. I think back to those days of driving around trying to figure out where we belonged, and I’m grateful my steering wheel took me to Carver.
Yes, Carver was growing. And yes, there wasn’t a dentist here. I knew all that; but what I didn’t know about were all the great people that live and work here.
To all of the people at the city who didn’t give up on me, and to all of the friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who’ve said they’ll be the first person in my door, thank you. Your support has meant the world to Kelsey and me and we’re so proud to call Carver home.
Because we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.